METEOR POETRY MANIFESTO
by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
1. (Close to the Edge, Artwork) by Calin Niculae
2. (Geminid Fireball 2006) by Valentin Grigore
3. (A Meteor in the Milky Way) by Alexandru Conu
4. (Andrei Dorian Gheorghe musically performing excerpts of MPM
at “Admiral Vasile Urseanu” Bucharest Municipal Observatory
in 2002) by Calin Niculae
5. (Andrei Dorian Gheorghe presenting MPM
at the International Meteor Conference 2007
in Bareges, France) by Jean Marc Wislez (Belgium)
Design by Gabriel Ivanescu
Our destiny is not to admire the
All over the Universe,
But to observe them here, on Earth,
And to dedicate to them, sometimes, a verse…
the apparent motion;
is a small sun
Forests were concerned
by the spurs of night
which remained hanged
to the high trees.
Space was concerned
by a star
with an unmerciful shine.
Sound was concerned
by the fall of a sad meteor
a strange reverberation.
You are not upset
when you are struck
by a quasar,
but just when you are hit
by a meteorite!
I have remarked that the meteors
are the most beloved heavenly bodies.
The comets are their parent-bodies,
the Moon’s phases offer various stages
for their brightness,
constellations and great stars
kindly become reference points
for their roads,
and even Venus’ magnitude
(or sometimes Jupiter’s)
measures them as meteors or fireballs.
All because our Terra
is kept around the Sun
by gravity -
a hot super-feeling.
DREAMER AND ECHO
If you look at Quadrantids,
Then you can hear the heart of the Universe.
Big-Bang… Big-Bang… Big-Bang…
If you look at Virginids,
Then you can hear the dilemma of the Maiden.
Who am I?
Thethis or Athena? Isis or Mary?
If you look at Scorpids,
Then you can hear the remorse
Of the Scorpion.
Artemis is the real killer of hunter Orion.
It has been too sad for me… as her instrument!
If you look at Sagittarids,
Then you can hear Centaur Chiron’s voice.
Throwing the arrows of culture is my job…
If you look at Lyrids,
Then you can hear Orpheus’ despondency.
My celestial Lyre is animated
By the love remembrance.
Oh, my lost Euridike!
If you look at Aquarids,
Then you can hear fascinating sounds
Of light rains.
Eta, Delta, Gamma…
If you look at Pegasids,
Then you can hear Pegasus’ pride.
I am the swiftest space being…
If you look at Capricornids,
Then you can hear the melancholy
Of the she-goat Amalthea.
I saved Zeus, the greatest god,
Like an usual soul…
If you look at Perseids,
Then you can hear brave Perseus’ conclusion.
Everybody wants to be a hero,
But without fights…
If you look at Aurigids,
Then you can hear the Charioteer’s joy.
I drive horses of light!
If you look at Draconids,
Then you can hear Draco’s resignation.
My own death left free in flight
the Golden Apples of the Hesperides’ Garden…
If you look at Orionids,
Then you can hear hunter Orion’s puzzle.
I didn’t know that rejecting
Goddess Artemis’ love
Could be a fatal guilt…
If you look at Taurids,
Then you can hear Europe’s consolation.
My own tragedy was in fact
A victory for humanity.
If you look at Leonids,
Then you can hear the Lion’s sadness.
Hercules was too strong for me,
But I tried…!
If you look at Geminids,
Then you can hear the chorus
Of Castor and Pollux.
Not even death can be an obstacle
For a real fraternity.
If you look at Ursids and Ursa Majorids,
Then you can hear the sound
Of the first celestial vehicles.
Being a taxi driver among the stars…
But if you are in the south
And, for instance,
Look at Phoenicids,
Then you can hear the Great Bird.
Every death is a new rebirth…
Certainly, you can see
Wonderful realms in meteor radiants,
Or an ideal in each Zenithal Hourly Rate,
You can grant quality certificates
For the fireballs’ speeds and magnitudes…
The meteors seem to come
From constellations loaded by
So many stars and deep sky objects,
And they catch light in the planetary atmospheres…
And never forget the parent-bodies
Of the meteors:
Sometimes, fertile asteroids
(their magnitude at opposition =
= a so difficult solar feeling),
And almost always fascinating comets
(nucleus = diamond treasure;
mane = luminous shadow;
tail = pompous void rudder;
last perihelion = last imposed figure).
THE FOUR SKY PILLARS
The star Antares is a good friend
of the Scorpid meteors.
The star Fomalhaut is a good friend
of the Piscis Austrinid meteors.
The star Aldebaran is a good friend
of the Taurid meteors.
The star Regulus is a good friend
of the Leonid meteors.
I am a modest admirer
of all of them,
trying to be an acceptable friend
of the Humanid meteors.
The first poems of MPM were published in 1995.
The first version of MPM was published in
Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry 1998.
Excerps of MPM were musically performed by the author
at SARM’s Cosmopoetry Festival in 2001 and 2002.
The last but one version of MPM was presented at the
International Meteor Conference 2007 in Bareges, France,
and published in pdf by the International Meteor Organization
as a part of Andrei Dorian Gheorghe’s work
“10 Editions of the Astropoetry Show (Astroshow)
at the International Meteor Conference”.
The actual variant represents a web adaptation
with a different design.
© 2007 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)